All climates like exceptions. Warmer when it is cold. Cooler in the tropics. People do not resist thermal shock well. Nor do works of art. Such elementary observations have influenced the Louvre Abu Dhabi. It wishes to create a welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation, the pleonasm that results in boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters. Continue reading Jean Nouvel
On June 19th 2013, the board of EPADESA, public firm in charge of the development of La Défense, approved an exclusive agreement between the group Hines/AG Real Estate/Gecina accompanied by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, for the study and the execution of the project Hekla on the site of “La Rose de Cherbourg”. Situated in the heart of an important operation of requalification of an urban sector in Puteaux-La Défense, this project consists in the construction of a high-rise office building of 80 000 square meters and a set of student residences of 10 000 square meters. Continue reading Jean Nouvel
The aim of this project is to create a building that belongs to the life of a new neighborhood. A building conscious of belonging to a city being constituted.
It is also about connecting distant landscapes, mountains, horizons with a close environment and its constraints: the street, the railway tracks, the buildings nearby…
Finally, the challenge of this mixed project is to gather in a unique place different people, different desires, different ways of living. Continue reading Jean Nouvel
The Tower of seven colors has roots. It knows where it is.
It is a friendly tower that likes and respects its neighbors: the Hellenic Museum in the Royal Mint, Flagstaff Park, the Republic Tower. It is part of this family. One doesn’t choose one’s parents or one’s cousins, but there they are. Continue reading Jean Nouvel